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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jan 27, 2007 4:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Archive Heads

man, beautiful response ... best to you!

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Jan 27, 2007 6:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Archive Heads

I've never thought of myself as a deadhead but I love Dead music to bits...ever since I heard Anthem of the Sun in 1969. I've only been to 3 Dead shows but I've dreamt like a lot of others that I had a time machine to take me back to San Francisco 1965...I have an abiding memory of being in Pentonville prison sometime in the mid 70s lying on my bunk hearing Blues for Allah being played over the PA and tears running down my cheeks and I'm sure I didn't dream it.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Jan 27, 2007 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Archive Heads

Hi Jerrob, I'm just sitting down to dinner, but WILL catch up with you on this in a bit...

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Jan 27, 2007 7:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Archive Heads

I mentioned prison recently myself. Jerry's passing was the only time in my whole stretch that I actually wept, even if I managed to wait till I was alone in "my house" to do it.

A Blues for Allah moment. One of the Deadheads inside for a while when I was there lived on a corridor I had to pass to get to my block. The tiers were stacked four high in that section (i.e. you couldn't see most of the folks inside the cells...) So I'm heading back to my block one day and, passing Artie's cell, I sing out: "If you plant ice..." to hear him sing back, "you're gonna harvest wind..."
And for a magic moment 3-4 other voices chime in, scattered unseen up the tiers.

Roll away...the dew... It went on for thirty seconds or so, in time & key and it was just a cool-ass moment. Shit like that could keep you going for days in there...

Peace.

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Jan 27, 2007 8:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Archive Heads

The Touch Heads were the end of concerts in many places. We got kicked out of the Kaiser Arena, Greek Theatre, Frost Ampitheatre, Irvine Meadows and many other places in 1989.

No more camping at some of the county fairgrounds; where the band used to gather for a weekend of shows. There were problems with the Army at Laguna Seca in 1988. It was the end of the line in Monterey.

Drug dealers began to fill the parking lots with their crank and other garbage nobody really wanted in the 90's. Counterfeit GDM sales were the end of the venders too. They were there just to make money and not see the shows.

Just a few years earlier, we could drink beer and smoke dope in front of cops in the parking lot. They didn't hassle us, except for the few morons, who couldn't control themselves. We cheered; when one asshole got dragged off to jail for slapping his old lady around. Shoreline became a Shakedown Street in 1994, with the local cops confiscating huge plastic bags full of weed too.


The wanna bees brought it all down at Deer Creek in 1995! The party was all but over, Jerry Garcia's death or not. It was no accident that they called it a "Tour From Hell".

The Touch Heads weren't just a bunch of teenie boppers; but included a lot of adults who didn't want to assimilate and get with the existing program. They ruined whole thing, long before somebody stumbled upon this site many years later, and realized that he was born too late and missed the fun times...

This post was modified by cousinkix1953 on 2007-01-28 04:30:27

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Jan 27, 2007 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Archive Heads

I've been hearing horror stories for years on how messed-up things got later on. My last GD show was '87 & Skuzzlebutt's right: there always was a shithead element around but not, apparently, anything like there was after TOG. I can only rely on what you folks can share about the scene after Providence '87 (& I was trashed for that one...)

The cool thing for me is that SO MANY folks managed to turn on--and stay on--during the latter years. They're the ones who had to transcend the bullshit to find the connection so many of the rest of us were fortunate to stumble onto before (gulp) MTV...

Peace...